Microsoft will push iWave at TechEd

Microsoft's iWave lineup, new versions of Office, SharePoint Portal Server, Visio et al., will take another in a series of introductory bows at TechEd in a week.

The news out of the Dallas conference will not be so much around what's shipping but what will be shipping "soon," several sources said.

SharePoint Portal Server 2.0, Office 2003, Visio 2003 which were all due in June, are now slated to ship at the end of the summer, the company has said.

iWave is the internal name for a range of "Information Worker" products starting with Office, and expanding to include Visio, InfoPath, Project and other offerings.

In the mail arena, the company quietly shipped Release Candidate 1 of Exchange Server 2003 ("Titanium") to select testers last week, sources said. Sources said Microsoft plans to announce that code drop at TechEd sources said and reiterate its promise to have the product ready this summer. A Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed the product is on track to ship this summer but would not comment on RC1 status. Beta 2 of the product went out in January, 2003. At that time, Microsoft said it expected to ship the product mid year.

News source: iTnews Australia

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